Artistic Inspired! Student Film Festival

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Photo by Gordon Cowie on Unsplash

"Filmmaking is not about what we see - it's a very misconceived notion; it's about what we don't see." - Nicolas Winding Refn

Submit an artistic inspirational short film that showcases your own or someone else’s artistic passions.

Introducing "Artistic Inspired!"—the Student Film Festival brought to you by Bee TV. We're shining a spotlight on the diverse ways people express themselves through art. Whether it's a documentary profiling an artist, a showcase of your own creations, a short film bringing your creative story to life, or any other artistic endeavor, we want to see it all! Just make sure it's under 10 minutes long. Let your creativity soar!

Your film will be seen by out 50K views per month distribution on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, iOS, Android app, and our own webapp, Check out

Submission Fee: $9.99

However, every entrant has the opportunity to reclaim their submission fee once you're in! You'll get a TIP JAR attached to your project and we only take 25% of the tips to advance other film projects. You get 75%!!!

Submissions open on June 30, 2024. Submit via (Early Bird only $5.99 to submit.)

Deadline: August 30, 2024

Upon submission, you'll receive acknowledgment on our website, complete with a write-up, photo, and links to your social media accounts. Additionally, stay tuned as other prizes and gifts may be subject to change. (If your film is not selected, don't be discouraged. We'll refund your submission fee and you can submit another one.)


● 1st place winner: $300

● 2nd place winner:$150

● 3rd place winner: $50

PREMIER PRIZES: In addition to the cash prizes, internships with key production companies will be awarded to as many filmmakers as we can. The companies will get to choose. We're excited about this collaboration for it will open up endless doors for young filmmakers helping them advance their careers in the industry. Check back in July for the list of companies.

The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself." - Peter Jackson

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• YOU MUST HAVE LICENSING RIGHTS FOR ALL MUSIC USAGE. Licenses must have online usage rights -- including YouTube -- for all territories. You must provide formal licenses (or reach out to contacts) to clear ALL claims.
• We may add a BEE TV watermark at the lower right corner.
• We run ads before and after films -- but not during/within films.
• Non-English dialogue or English with heavy accents must have subtitles BURNED IN. Please split up longer lines so they don't overlap our watermark.
• If the film is flagged or age-restricted, it must be recut to pass strict family-friendly guidelines. Otherwise, we cannot showcase it. Ie. explicit/implicit sex, graphic violence, depictions of suicide, extreme profanity, etc.

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Photo by Ben Collins on Unsplash

Photo by Ben Collins on Unsplash

man in black polo shirt and blue denim jeans sitting on black and gray motorcycle

Photo by Ben Collins on Unsplash

Photo by Ben Collins on Unsplash

Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business - everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs.

David Lynch

You and your team

Every great film has a great team. Upon submission, tell us about them.

Filmmaking is the ultimate team sport.

Michael Keaton

Filmmaking is a miracle of collaboration.

James McAvoy

Artistic Focus

Focus on embracing artistic expression, showcase your talents, and celebrate the creativity that defines us. Let your work inspire others, shining a spotlight on diverse artistic voices. Together, let's ignite a passion for storytelling and cultivate a community fueled by the power of art.

Filmmaking is not a job but a social responsibility for me.

Garth Davis

With every film that I am doing I am learning new things either about myself, or about filmmaking.

Sanya Malhotra

Embrace Uniqueness

Students, unleash your inner artist! Show us your unique style of film through painting to photography, dance to design. This festival is your canvas—let your creativity run wild. We welcome all forms of expression through film, so don't hold back. Surprise us, inspire us, and make your mark with your unique films.

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Photo by Alex Simpson on Unsplash

Photo by Alex Simpson on Unsplash

To make a good film is an art. Gender is irrelevant when it comes to craft of filmmaking.

Zoya Akhtar


Immersing oneself in a festival environment surrounded by passionate filmmakers and compelling films can be a source of inspiration and creativity. Experiencing a wide range of storytelling styles and artistic expressions can spark new ideas and perspectives for future projects.

"I just love the process of filmmaking."

Kartik Aaryan

Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director. Everything after that you're just negotiating your budget and your fee.

James Cameron

James Cameron, Avatar

James Cameron, Avatar

James Francis Cameron CC is a Canadian filmmaker. He is a major figure in the post-New Hollywood era. He often uses novel technologies with a classical filmmaking style.

The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg, Raiders of the Lost Ark

Steven Spielberg, Raiders of the Lost Ark

Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE is an American filmmaker. A major figure of the New Hollywood era and pioneer of the modern blockbuster, he is the most commercially successful director in history.

If there's specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow, Detroit

Kathryn Bigelow, Detroit

Kathryn Ann Bigelow is an American filmmaker. Bigelow has received numerous accolades including two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010.

I think it is very important that films make people look at what they've forgotten.

Spike Lee

Spike Lee, Malcolm X

Spike Lee, Malcolm X

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and author. His work has continually explored race relations, issues within the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues

What's in it for you?

The film festival offers filmmakers a platform for networking with industry professionals, receiving feedback on their work, and gaining exposure for their projects. It provides opportunities for education, community building, and international recognition through screenings, awards, and press coverage. Ultimately, it's a hub of creativity, inspiration, and collaboration for filmmakers to showcase their talent and connect with audiences worldwide.

Junior Producers

Photo by Irelynn

Photo by Irelynn

Irelynn M.

San Francisco State University

I am Irelynn MacLennan and I am in my last year at SFSU. I am majoring in cinema and I have a huge passion for film!

I am excited to be a part of this festival to see how everyone expresses their artistic talents.  
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Photo by Marisa

Photo by Marisa

Marisa N.

Arizona State University

I am Marisa and throughout my academic journey, I have immersed myself in the study of film and media, driven by a deep-seated love for storytelling and visual communication.

I am thrilled to work on this project because it offers students like me a chance to work with industry professionals.
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Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

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Photo by Nadim Merrikh on Unsplash

Photo by Nadim Merrikh on Unsplash

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Photo by Sarah Mak on Unsplash

Photo by Sarah Mak on Unsplash

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Photo by Elijah Flores on Unsplash


Artistic Inspired!

Student Film Festival